Apple released three iPads in 2020. Which one is right for you?

It’s safe to say that Apple released a large number of products in 2020, including three New iPads: iPad Pro, iPad Air, and Standard iPad (8th generation). Each tablet not only comes in different sizes, but also comes with a different processor, and a variety of storage configurations. So, you might be a little confused about which one to buy.

Depending on the iPad and its capabilities—whether it’s for using apps and browsing the web, or for more advanced use cases like video editing or photography—starting prices can range from $329 to $1,149. Obviously, you’ll want to choose the one that best suits your needs (and budget).

Don’t worry, though. We are here to help.

Which iPad has the best design?

Of all the three iPads, the iPad Air and iPad Pro look the most similar to each other, as both devices feature Liquid Retina displays with minimal bezels. However, there are some differences that distinguish these tablets – namely the size and the cameras.

With the iPad Pro, you can choose either an 11-inch screen or a 12.9-inch screen while the Air is only available in a 10.9-inch screen. With Air, you also have plenty of colors to choose from including space gray, sky blue, rose gold, green and silver. iPad Pro is available in space gray and silver only.

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Although the iPad Air and iPad Pro both have 7-megapixel front cameras, there’s a key difference to note: The Pro uses the same TrueDepth camera as the iPhone 12 lineup, so you can use Face ID to unlock it every time. The iPad Air only has a FaceTime HD camera, which means you’ll have to rely on Touch ID and your fingerprint to unlock it.

On the back, the iPad Pro has a 12MP sensor with a 125-degree lens and 10MP ultra-wide. There is also a LiDAR augmented reality scanner which allows compatible apps to load faster and work better. For comparison, the Air has a single 12MP wide-angle rear camera.

As for accessories, the iPad Pro and iPad Air are compatible with the second generation Apple Pencil, Magic Keyboard Case, and Smart Keyboard Folio. iPad (8th generation) is compatible with the first generation Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

Speaking of the 8th generation iPad… with its 10.2-inch Retina display surrounded by thick bezels, the presence of physical Touch ID button, it certainly looks the most dated of the bunch. It also has a relatively slim camera setup, with a 1.2MP front camera and 8MP wide-angle rear lens, and comes in either silver, gold, or space gray.

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Of the three, the iPad Air definitely won this round. For starters, its entire architecture has been updated with a new full-screen design that combines the Lock button and Touch ID button in one. Its 10.9-inch screen is also well between the two sizes compared to the other two iPads which can feel either too big or too small. They are available in more fun colors, which is always a plus.

Winner: iPad Air

Which iPad is best for taking photos and videos?

The iPad Pro easily wins this category. It has the most complex camera system in the three 2020 iPads with a 12MP main sensor and a 10MP wide-angle lens on the back. By contrast, the Air and iPad (8th generation) both have only one rear camera sensor.

Not only does this professional shooting setup let you capture higher-resolution shots, the ultra-wide angle sensor gives you more creative freedom to capture more in every shot. In addition, it is the only iPad in the group that allows you to record footage in 4K resolution. To add to this potential, the 7MP front camera also comes with Portrait mode. In this way, in addition to standard photos, you can also take pictures with a bokeh effect.

Winner: iPad Pro

Which iPad has a better processor?

Under their respective hoods, the three iPads have different processors: the standard iPad (8th generation) features the A12 Bionic chip, the iPad Pro has the A12Z Bionic chip, and the iPad Air has the A14 Bionic chip. Now, understandably, that might not mean much to you, Let me break it down.

At this point, the A12 Bionic chip is two years old, so you won’t get the latest processor when you buy an eighth-generation iPad. That doesn’t mean it’s not a capable machine — it runs iPadOS 14, Apple’s latest tablet operating system, out of the box. However, it may not have the same software update support as the iPad Air, which runs on Apple’s latest chip. Given that the standard iPad is best suited for basic tasks like web browsing, video streaming, and some light photo editing, the relatively old A12 chip should work just fine.

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Now, here’s where things get a little tricky: the A12Z chip for the iPad Pro And The Air’s A14 chip was launched in 2020. So, yes, the Pro and Air both run on the latest chipset you could get in the 2020 iPad. The Pro’s A12Z, with its 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU, can handle With heavy multitasking, including editing 4K footage. The Air’s A14 chip, by contrast, has a hexa-core CPU and quad-core GPU, but it’s still powerful enough to handle tasks similar to the Pro.

Yes, I know: the more cores, the better. But since the iPad Air packs the latest chip, the same chip that powers the entire iPhone 12 lineup, you’ll take the tour. That’s not to say the iPad Pro isn’t a powerhouse — it’s just too much. Air is likely to have stronger update support in the future.

Winner: iPad Air

Which iPad has the best battery life?

Judging any device based on battery life is always a bit tricky because longevity (or lack thereof) is highly dependent on personal use. For this comparison, we’ll be based on Apple’s claimed battery life for all three iPads (which is actually exactly the same for every device): up to 10 hours surfing the web on Wi-Fi or watching video, and up to 9 hours doing those two Both are on a cellular data network.

When I reviewed my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I found that I was able to hold it for about seven hours on a normal work day. But since I’ve only used it primarily for word processing and messaging apps, I can’t promise you that those who do more intense tasks will get just as much from it.

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While I haven’t fully reviewed the new iPad Air or iPad (8th generation), you’ll likely get the longest battery life from the latter since it’s the smallest of the three and the least powerful. This means that you probably won’t be running power-intensive tasks like you would on the iPad Pro or even the iPad Air.

If the claimed battery life is varied, we will be able to crown the winner with more confidence. But again, it all depends on the user, so we will declare that this is a tie.

Winner: Triple Draw

Which iPad has the most storage space?

Storage is always a very important thing to consider before purchasing any device because content needs vary from person to person. Additionally, it also has a huge impact on the final exit price as well, and if you need more, it’s not expandable. So you have to choose wisely and choose the right iPad that fits your habits.

Starting at $329, you can get a 32GB Wi-Fi-only iPad (8th generation). Choosing a Wi-Fi + Cellular model brings the price up to $459. The only storage option available is 128GB, which gives you the Wi-Fi-only model for $429, or the WiFi+ cellular model for $559.

With the iPad Air, you get access to 64GB for $599 (or $729, if you want the WiFi+cellular version). If you need more storage, you can opt for the 256GB WiFi version for $749 or $879 for the same storage but with Wi-Fi + cellular.

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Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models offer 128GB as a base configuration for $799 and $999, respectively. For that amount of storage, adding Wi-Fi + cellular will bring the price up to $949 for the 11-inch model and $1,149 for the 12.9-inch version.

You also have a choice between 256GB: the 11-inch version will set you back $899 and the 12.9-inch model will set you back $1099. These Wi-Fi + cellular options increase $1,049 and $1,249, respectively. Next, there’s also a 512GB storage option that costs $1,099 for the 11-inch iPad Pro ($1,249 for Wi-Fi + cellular) and $1,299 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro $1,449 for Wi-Fi + cellular).

But it can be expanded up to 1TB on the 11-inch and 12.9-inch Pro (for $1,299 and $1,499, respectively). For Wi-Fi + cellular, you’re looking at $1,449 for the 11-inch model and $1,649 for the 12.9-inch version.

This category obviously goes to the iPad Pro since it offers the most overall storage with a variety of configuration options. This does not necessarily mean that it is the best option for you. Pro is designed for those who are likely to import large photo and video files that quickly take up available storage space. For anyone else with less demanding storage needs, you’ll be fine with one of the lower tier configurations of “less” iPads.

Winner: iPad Pro

Which is better to learn remotely or work from home?

As the pandemic continues, your home will likely double as a classroom or office by now. For this reason, you may be looking for a reliable iPad to power you during school days and/or work days. The iPad Air is more than capable of any of these scenarios.

For starters, the display is big enough to comfortably stare at all day while getting work done (whether you’re filling out Excel sheets or highlighting text in an e-book) and the front camera is a solid 7MP for video conferencing. It’s also compatible with the Magic Keyboard Case, letting you switch from tablet to full laptop mode in seconds, while the Apple Pencil makes it easy to take notes. Plus, this A14 chip will easily help you get through heavy multitasking, no matter how many apps and programs you switch back and forth throughout the day.

Winner: iPad Air

Related video: Unboxing Apple’s new 8th generation iPad

Which iPad is worth the money?

You really can’t go wrong with any of these iPad models – they’ve all come out merely this year.

So he said…

The iPad (8th generation) is more suitable for people who are looking for a simple and affordable tablet, and not for those who are looking for the latest technology.

On the other hand, the iPad Pro is a niche product for creative professionals who need a powerful and portable machine. The dual camera and LiDar sensor are great perks, but they won’t find (or much regular use) with most mainstream consumers.

This brings us to the iPad Air. It’s a great choice for any consumer with basic productivity and entertainment needs (eg web browsing, video streaming, light photo/video editing), and it’s guaranteed to enjoy Apple’s long-term software support. Plus, it comes with just the right amount of features, a single camera, the latest processor, and a big screen, which will get you the most out of every day, letting you feel content about spending over $600 on an iPad.

Winner: iPad Air

And the winner is…

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You guessed it: The iPad Air takes the crown for absolute versatility. Not only does it have the latest design and chipset, but its size is excellent if you’re looking for something that’s easy to carry, comfortable to carry, and lightweight. It is also compatible with all the latest Apple accessories such as the Magic Keyboard and the second generation Apple Pencil.

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